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SHAPEd for Serving God

We believe it’s important for everyone to find a place of service! We always want more of our members to be invested in more of our ministries. We agree with Rick Warren’s statement, “Regardless of your job or career, you are called to full-time Christian service.”1 That is what LeadershipNEXT is all about… helping you find your place in ministry.

In his book, The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren explains that we have been “Shaped for Serving God.” 2  Your SHAPE is one-of-a-kind and is a combination of these aspects of your life.

LeadershipNEXT is intended to help you use your unique SHAPE to positively influence others to accomplish a shared vision by following the Jesus way!

Spiritual GiftsHeartAbilitiesPersonalityExperiences

Only Christians have “spiritual gifts.”  Every Christian is given spiritual gifts to be used in ministry. If you have committed your life to Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit has “gifted” you. Specifically, the Bible says that your spiritual gifts are supposed to be used to build up the church. When we use our gifts together, the church grows and we all benefit. It’s important for Christ-followers to discover what their spiritual gifts are so they can use them in ministry.

Click here to take the Spiritual Gifts Analysis.

Your “heart” refers to the things that you get passionate about. What motivates you and pumps you up? What do you care about? What are you interested in? What do you love to do? Those things show where your “heart” is! Your “heart” helps determine the way you think, feel and act. Not everyone is passionate about the same things. People can get excited about all kinds of stuff: sports, music, animals, cars, science, art or other people. No one has to motivate you to do what you have a heart for.

To find out what ministries your passions may fall under at First Baptist, take the Ministry Interest Survey.  This will give you the opportunity to learn about places to serve at FBCA, see what interests you, and share a little bit more information about yourself.

Your “abilities” are the natural talents you were born with. Whether they’re mental or physical, your natural abilities are part of who you are. What are you good at? What does your body or brain find it easy to do that other people may have to work at? Those things are your God-given abilities.

Each of us has a different personality. Some people are more withdrawn. Others are more outgoing. Some people love crowds. Others don’t. Some people like things to stay the same. Others enjoy variety and change. Some people are “thinkers.” Others are “feelers.” Some people laugh all the time. Others are more serious. And God can use them all! There is no “right” or “wrong” personality for ministry.

Each of us is shaped by our life experiences… good and bad. You have been “molded” to a certain degree by where you’ve lived, who you’ve lived with, where you’ve gone to school, your injuries, your illnesses, your successes and your failures. God is especially able to use your painful experiences to prepare you for ministry. Sometimes the things you are most angry or upset about in life are the very experiences God wants to use to help others. They become the basis of your ministry. But in order for God to use your painful experiences for good, you must be willing to share them. “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us” (I Corinthians 1:4).

Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002), p. 229.
2 Warren, p. 234.